Material: Blade: Shirogami carbon steel #2, Bolster: Water buffalo horn, Handle: Natural wood (Magnolia obovata)
Product type: Takobiki Knives (Kiritsuke type)
Country of origin: Japan
Dimensions (approx): 480 mm (Blade length 330 mm, Blade thickness 3.6 mm)
Item weight (approx): 185 g
Shipping weight (approx): 290 g
- Single edged blade.
- Reactive carbon steel knife.
- Mirror finish.
- Hand forging from a single piece of Shirogami high carbon steel require extraordinary skill, and the Jikko blacksmith is one of the best in Sakai.
- The magnolia handle with buffalo horn on the bolster is hand-made by skilled craftman to ensure a comfortable feel in the hand.
- Shirogami steel which means white paper steel is produced using its iron sands of Yasugi by Hitachi Metals Yasugi Works in Shimane, Japan. This is one kind of the Yasugi Specialty Steel and it is suitable for maiking high quality knives.
- Takobiki knife is longer and thinner than a Yanagiba knife and is used to slice boneless fish fillets into sashimi, especially in Kanto (Tokyo) region.
Use & Care
A traditional knife-maker Jikko also known as Sakai Jikko was founded in Sakai city, Osaka, the capital of samurai sword manufacturing since the 14th century, in 1901.
Sakai craftsmen are famous for their kitchen knives and are believed to supply nearly 90 percent of the knives used by professional chefs in Japan. At present, there are six craftsmen at the company, including Toshiyuki Jikko who is the fourth owner and the president.